Hope Stone Inc

Rating: 4.95 stars   146 reviews

Nonprofit Issues:

Arts & Culture, Children & Youth

Address:

2726 Bissonnet Street Suite 240-513 Houston TX 77005 USA

Mission:

Hope Stone, Inc. unlocks the innate creativity of young people and adults through our arts outreach programs with a vision of art for all.

Target demographics:

Hope Stone, Inc. believes in art for all, we believe Brilliant Art = Brilliant Minds

Direct beneficiaries per year:

We work with 700 students ages 2-95 yrs, and perform each year to over 3000 students, some seeing live dance/theater for the first time

Geographic areas served:

Greater Houston, Throughout Texas

Programs:

Hope Stone’s mission is to unlock the innate creativity of young people and adults through our arts outreach programs with a vision of art for all. We are an organization dedicated to nurturing the creative side of children and adults through the positive, empowering experience of the arts. At Hope Stone we believe in Mindfulness Arts Education and are dedicated to this concept in all aspects of our work in the community. Founded in 1997 by its current President & CEO, Jane Weiner, Hope Stone conveys the intrinsic value of the arts through education programs tailored to suit the needs of specific populations of children and adults. Our children’s program (Hope Stone Kids) reaches out to students in a variety of school settings, using highly skilled artists from the artistic disciplines of music, dance, and theater. Hope Stone’s professional dance company (Hope Stone Dance) stages compelling and accessible new works that challenge, entertain, and educate audiences. Recently, Hope Stone has successfully adapted the time-tested methods used in its youth programming to create an arts outreach program for special populations (The Hope Project).

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713.526.1907
www.hopestoneinc.org

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Reviews for Hope Stone Inc

Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

Hope Stone is a huge part of my life for 10 years now. It will be for a long time!

 
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I have watched this wonderful non profit Hope Stone Inc. from its birth and Jane Weiner make it happen with all of her heart and soul. It's been a journey and hard hard hard work on her part and all who are involved. I love the company and what it stands for and the things that it does for this community. It's just what it says it is. HOPE for the community and all who enter it's doors. The best of the Best.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

As a busy professional who seeks refuge in dance, I cannot say enough positive things about Hope Stone. The teachers are top-notch and unlike other adult dance classes, there is an emphasis on technique. Jane Weiner has boundless energy, which she devotes to making art, sharing art, teaching art, and just making this world a better place. If you, or anyone you know, has any interest in dance, Hope Stone is the place to get your dance on!

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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4 people found this review helpful

I have studied dance for many years in different countries and cities in the U.S., and Hope Stone is one of the most welcoming and supportive studios I have had the pleasure of being involved with. It is also the only place I have studied ballet as an adult where we are taught all aspects of technique, and the classes are not simply a means to generate revenue. I have also had the honor of working with Jane on the Illuminations Project, and have witnessed how her enthusiasm and dedication motivate others to get involved and volunteer. Jane is an inspiration, and Hope Stone a home for those of us impassioned by dance.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

learning directions for the head in ballet!

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

a shared love of movement.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

supportive, kind, and unpretentious.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

change the lives of many children, and adults. Also, it could bring live musicians to all classes, and thereby heighten our appreciation for music in addition to movement and technique.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

It is the people that make a place special and Hope Stone is extremely special! "Heart" is a word that comes out in any conversation with folks who volunteer, work, attend classes, or raise funds for this organization. Ana Trevino Godfrey and her Prelude Music class is a joyful, upbeat, fun experience. Your child (and you) will leave each week already looking forward to the next session. Not only is she talented & a terrific teacher, she - like the rest of the staff at Stone Hope, is simply an inspiration.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Unsure

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

My four daughters ages 2 through 8 have taken creative movement classes at Hope Stone. We continue our patronage there because it's proved a great foundation for beginning dance. From the director to the instructors to the receptionist, the staff is courteous and professional.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

n/a

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

From the age of two and on I believe children require consistent and constant discipline. I would encourage the instructors to use more discipline in the class so that a child knows he or she is not following directions.

 
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8 people found this review helpful

Some of my students have been enrolled in Hope Stone's Kids Play. Each one was received with love, patience, and a gentle understanding. I wish that more parents would take the time to seek out this program, take the time to drive their child twice a week, take time to invest in the arts as a lifeline for their kids. The Hope Stone experience is unparalleled in our area.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the improved attitudes of my students, the improved self-confidence, from the exposure to many dedicated arts professionals.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the acceptance of all kinds of kids.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Loving, kind, calm, talented, giving

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

impact the lives of many more children, partly by training more professionals to share arts with teens who may never reach professional levels, but still benefit from the confidence they develop.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-11-01

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

This place isn't glitzy and perfect - the parking could be better, studio could be larger... But it has a big heart and brilliantly serves a diverse clientele. Jane and her crew work tirelessly - whether it's class offerings or dance performances - they keep things fresh which can be hard to do when you've been around for a while. What keeps me going back to their adult classes time after time is the commitment to quality and ability to attract world-class teachers and musicians. Thanks Hope Stone for being a sanctuary for the soul and a "chapel of the arts."

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Quite well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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8 people found this review helpful

Hope Stone Inc's 3-fold mission has something for everyone. There are classes for adults, teens, and kids with scholarship opportunities. There are dance performances that help raise funds, promote causes, and raise the level and diversity of the arts in Houston. And finally, the arts outreach programs for at risk youth. As a frequenter of their adult classes, you can't beat the quality of their teachers paired with the laidback and welcoming vibes. Jane's really given Houston and the arts community quite a gift!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

fundraising, classes

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the positive attitude and energy

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

welcoming and competent

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

 
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12 people found this review helpful

Hope Stone has been a fantastic resource and an important part of my three kids' lives. Dance, dramatic expression, music, photography -- for years, at various times, my kids have grown and been immeasurably enriched with the outstanding programs provided by Jane Weiner and her dedicated staff. The cost? Zero. The value? Priceless. Houston without Hope Stone would be a city without a soul.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the visible impact that participation over the years has had on my children.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Give them the financial resources to expand while keeping alive the spirit, dedication and program quality that makes Hope Stone, Hope Stone.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Their passion to not just help as many children as possible, but to really focus on each kid and try to serve his/her needs.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

100% professional. A joy to watch and be around.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Offer these incredible programs to more children. Inhabit a larger space. Employ more of the same type of high quality staff.

Ways to make it better...

Jane had more staff and more space to enable smaller classes for children.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Financial.

One thing I'd also say is that...

"What he said."

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

 
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10 people found this review helpful

My son is new this year and is really enjoying learning to play the guitar. The teachers encourage him and he feels that they really care. Thank you so much

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

In that my son is wanting to learn something new and is encouraged to do so, even with the problems he faces on a daily basis living with autisim, he enjoys going every week and loves the teachers.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

 
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4 people found this review helpful

Magnificient organization fun well by Ms. Weiner. The dancers are amazing and their contribution to the art community in Houston is undeniable! Truly a service organization!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Their giving of their talents to those who need it most, make them a first class organization.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-4-01

 
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